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[hilt] /hɪlt/
the handle of a sword or dagger.
the handle of any weapon or tool.
verb (used with object)
to furnish with a hilt.
to the hilt, to the maximum extent or degree; completely; fully:
to play the role to the hilt.
Also, up to the hilt.
Origin of hilt
before 900; Middle English, Old English hilt(e); cognate with Middle Dutch hilt(e), Old Norse hjalt, Old High German helza handle of a sword Unabridged
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  • I've read of precious stones in the hilt of a pirate's sword!

    Weighed and Wanting George MacDonald
  • Siegmund saw it, and, springing forward, he grasped its hilt.

  • He would not have it in the scabbard, and when I laid it naked in his hand he kissed the hilt.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • The mingled feeling with which she spoke of him proved it to the hilt.

    The Coryston Family Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • If I could have mistaken the hilt, I could not mistake the split sheath.

    Wilfrid Cumbermede George MacDonald
  • Wondering, the German unsheathed the weapon, and proffered the hilt to his master.

  • The hilt and stump of sword clattered in the fireplace, whither she hurled it.

    The Lion's Skin Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for hilt


the handle or shaft of a sword, dagger, etc
to the hilt, to the full
(transitive) to supply with a hilt
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old Norse hjalt, Old Saxon helta oar handle, Old High German helza
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Word Origin and History for hilt

Old English hilt "hilt, handle of a sword or dagger," from Proto-Germanic *helt (cf. Old Norse hjalt, Old High German helza "hilt," Old Saxon helta "oar handle"), perhaps from PIE *kel- "to strike." Formerly also used in plural in same sense as singular.

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